Santa Clara Niners Stadium Groundbreaking Provides Clarity for Candlestick Redevelopment

By: Brian Shields - Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:12:42 -0800

SANTA CLARA (KRON) -- Groundbreaking is set for Thursday in Santa Clara as work begins officially on a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers.  

That means Candlestick Park, home to the Niners during their glory days, will likely be torn down not long after the team moves to the South Bay for the 2014 season.

San Francisco city officials had included a place for a new football stadium in the plans for Candlestick Point but now it appears they will go ahead with a redevelopment plan for the area which includes the old Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.

Phase one of that development project is already underway at the shipyards which for years was a federal Superfund clean-up site.  Now plans call for using that space for about 4,000 new home, open space, and about 5,000 square feet of offices in order to lure businesses to the area.

Where Candlestick Park sits now, current plans call for more homes clustered around a main street and a 10,000 seat performance arena for concerts and possibly minor-league sports that's about half the size of Oakland's Oracle Arena.

While construction workers will be spending full-time on the new Niners stadium in Santa Clara, it's unclear when construction could begin on Candlestick point although officials say that's likely still years away.

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